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December 31st, 2012 by Anthony Riches

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  1. Pete Smith says:

    Really enjoying your book wounds of honour. Going by some of your comments in the book is “let’s go and see the head shed”, I did think you were ex Brit army. Was most surprised to find that you were not. Keep up the good work sir.

    1. Anthony Riches says:

      Hi Pete, thanks for the kind comments. I’d forgotten the ‘head shed’ line, which (with the benefit of a number of years of perspective) might be a bit too modern. And no, I’m not ex-Army, although at one time I was determined to be a Marine. Great grandad was a Grenadier Colour Serjeant (I have his Queen’s South Africa medal with 6 battle claps – the most being 8) and a right nasty piece of work (he used to walk round London with a sword stick for self protection, which I still have). Grandad was too short for the Guards, he was a First Leicesters machine gunner at Third Ypres in 1917 (the earliest he could volunteer). 28 platoon mates dead in an afternoon… And dad… https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/trooper-riches-sherwood-rangers-rip.127854/ read it to the bottom of the page, there’s two sections. Why didn’t I end up in green? I cocked up officer selection at 18 (I went to Lympstone and did all the running around and being shouted at by NCOs stuff, but made a mess of Admiralty Interview Board and to be brutal I don’t think i was officer material at the time, I needed roughing up some by life), went to University and got a stomach ulcer at 20. Hospitalised, met the wife (my nurse) and that was that. So there you go (oh, and my degree was in Military Studies…), that’s why I know the langauge.

      Cheers!

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